Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fwd: Press Releases from York County

Safety Town registration begins May 16
April 21, 2011
Registration for York County's award-winning "Safety Town" program, which teaches pre-kindergartners various aspects of life safety, will begin Monday, May 16, starting at 7:30 a.m. each day.  
Registration will take place at the Community Services administrative offices located at 224 Ballard Street, Yorktown. In its 17th year of operation, this summer program seeks to reduce childhood injury by introducing four- and five-year-olds to basic safety concepts through the use of interactive experiences. 
Registrations will be accepted until all available slots are filled, or until the deadline of Friday, May 20. The registration form and fee will only be accepted by hand-delivery to the address listed above, and only during the registration time period.
Set up to resemble a small-scale "town," with portable buildings, sidewalks, roads and street signs, the appealing "Safety Town" learning environment is used as a practice area for several of the safety lessons. Each session lasts one week, running Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All lessons and activities relate to a specific topic each day, such as Traffic and Pedestrian Safety, Fire Safety, Personal Safety, and Home Safety. 
Parents will accompany their children to "Safety Town" on Friday, attending a Safety Fair and Completion Ceremony, at which each child will receive a certificate, a "Safety Town" t-shirt, backpack, and a bicycle helmet. Funding for "Safety Town" is provided by the generous contributions and sponsorship of area businesses, community agencies, civic organizations, county government, and individual citizens.
The schedule for the 2011 "Safety Town" is as follows:
Date                                        Location
July 11 - July 15                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School
July 18 - July 22                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School
July 25 - July 29                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School
August 1 – August 5               Magruder Elementary School
Registration forms and information are available at all York County Elementary Schools, the York County Public Library, Parks and Recreation, and the Griffin-Yeates Center and online at Children who are non-York County residents (but meet the age guidelines) may be considered for Safety Town after the deadline date, space permitting. For further information on "Safety Town," please call Gianna Pack, Department of Community Services, at 890-3880. Safety Town spaces are limited to 50 children per week.
Fee: York County residents - $10.00; non-York County residents - $25.00.
Safety Town seeks youth and adult volunteers
April 21, 2011
York County's popular "Safety Town" program, a summer activity for pre-kindergarten children, has a number of volunteer opportunities for middle school and high school students, and adults. This, award-winning program seeks to reduce childhood injury by teaching five-year-olds basic safety concepts through hands-on, interactive learning experiences.
Youth and adult volunteers are needed to serve as "Leader Assistants," responsible for helping staff group leaders monitor and supervise an assigned group of 10 children. Volunteer hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, according to the following "Safety Town" schedules for 2011:
Date                                        Location
July 11 - July 15                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School
July 18- July 22                       Mt. Vernon Elementary School
July 25 - July 29                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School
August 1 – August 5               Magruder Elementary School
All "Safety Town" volunteers receive a "Safety Town" t-shirt, recognition at the weekly completion ceremony, and an invitation to a post-program Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Interested volunteers must be available to attend the volunteer training on June 22 at the Public Safety Conference Room (301 Goodwin Neck Rd.) from10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For the purposes of scheduling and consistency, 'Safety Town" coordinators are requiring all selected volunteers to commit to one entire week of the program this summer.
Interested youth and adults should contact York County Parks and Recreation, at 890-3500 to receive a "Safety Town" volunteer application or get them online at Applications will be accepted starting May 2, and will continue to be accepted until all spots are filled or until the deadline of Friday, June 3.
Walk and Talk to feature native plants and rain garden at NQP
April 21, 2011
Come to New Quarter Park on Friday, May 7, for a Walk and Talk to be led by Denise Greene of Sassafras Farm in Gloucester, Jeanne Millin of the Virginia Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards, and Virginia Master Naturalists.
These native plant and gardening experts will lead visitors on the Teaching Garden Trail, which has been developed by local chapters of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Virginia Master Naturalists, and Virginia Master Gardeners with a variety of native plants that grow well in the dappled shade of the woodlands and tolerate local summer heat and drought conditions. Greene will also bring a variety of native plants to show a wider variety of native plants that participants can use in different settings. Millin will explain how the rain garden was constructed to calm and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the parking lot while taking advantage of the natural slope and not damaging tree roots.
The Walk and Talk will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. At 1 p.m., Millin will lead an Invasive Plant Removal Day event. The local event is one of many Invasive Plant Removal events that are part of a statewide event organized by the state offices of Virginia Master Naturalist and Virginia Native Plant Society to remove invasive plants from public lands. Invasive plants often grow faster than native plants because no animals have co-evolved with them to use them as food. Plants like Japanese Honeysuckle run rampant and out-compete plants that contribute to the food web and biodiversity, which contributes to a balanced and healthy environment.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive. From the Colonial Parkway about two miles northeast of Williamsburg, take the Queen's Lake exit. Turn right and then turn on Lakeshead Drive. Follow the signs to New Quarter Park. For more information call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3513 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.
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